So I had an idea, first inspired when I spliced together a couple of pieces of music which had been split into separate tracks by the MP3 conversion process.
Why not record some generic (and even some specific intro's for some tracks) DJ patter, which players themselves could then splice onto the start of tracks, using something like Audacity? That way, it would sound like there really were others out there in the Ooniverse, and contribute to the immersion factor.
The thing is, radio DJ patter is something of an art.. the intonation, the cadence, the tendency towards verbal diarrhoea, all have an instantly recognisable style which is something not everyone can imitate, myself included.
Thus, my call for help. I figure the odds are good we have somebody here who has some ability and/or experience in this area. With luck, more than one somebody. I'm looking for some volunteers who could record some short generic pieces that could be spliced onto HyperRadio tracks.. and perhaps even some introductions to specific popular songs. Maybe even take requests to create intro's for particular tracks. Some brief "In the latest news" type announcements could work also. Lots of the material in Snoopers OXP would be suitable for this treatment. A real bonus would be if you can do it in a language other than English.. after all, there have to be lots of languages spoken out there! All themed to life in the Ooniverse, of course..
By way of example, here's a couple of my all-time favourites, the first from a newscaster in The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, and the second from the pirate radio station in Cody's own Inside Straight.
And we'll be saying a big hello to all intelligent life forms everywhere. And to everyone else out there, the secret is to bang the rocks together, guys!
As the two ships moved away from Corke’s Drift, Sahana tuned-in to Radio Sombrero – dramatic,
sonorous chords were dying away, and the jock was back on.
‘You just heard Raiders of the Lost Quark playing Cherenkov Blues. Next, gentlefolk of the galactic gyre, we got a genuine golden oldie... positively antediluvian, in fact. This is for all you hitch-hikers out there... you got your towels, guys? Okay... this here is by some long-forgotten band called Eagles. Hey amigo, gimme that joint! Ahh... that’s one small toke for man... and a giant toke for mankind! What the heck... bugger, I done hit the wrong switch... again! Oh well, who gives a **** anyhow. Turned-on sounds, folks, brought to you by the pirate of the aether, Radio Sombrero. We put other stations in the shade! Oh yeah... a quick word for one of our sponsors, the Grand Vizier of Soteri. Ave Imperator... y’all copacetic? You’ll be the first against the wall when the revolution comes, amigo... enjoy it while you can! Meanwhile, the inimitable Radio Sombrero plays on. From the top... this will be Journey of the Sorcerer!’
Any takers? You provide the samples, I'll supply detailed instructions for people to add them to their own HyperRadio tracks.
And who knows,, down the track, when we finally bring Oolites sound-handling code into the 21st century, they could possibly be made into just another HyperRadio Pack, that Oolite can automatically insert before/after songs.